World Learning Names Vice President of Communications

World Learning today announced the appointment of Kimberly Abbott as the new Vice President of Communications, overseeing global communications and media relations. Abbott is an expert media strategist, broadcast journalist and foreign policy specialist with a deep reserve of global contacts in media, government and academia.

“I am very pleased that Kimberly is joining our senior team to guide the development of World Learning’s corporate brand, coordinate the messaging and outreach across our multiple programs and platforms,” said Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning.

Abbott was previously the Communications Director for North America at the International Crisis Group, an organization working to prevent and resolve deadly conflict through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy. There she oversaw the development of new strategic approaches for communicating Crisis Group’s policy prescriptions to the foreign policy community, media, donors and the public.

She joined Crisis Group from InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian NGOs, where she worked to bring attention to under-reported humanitarian and development stories. She worked closely with InterAction's 160-member organizations to develop their media and public policy advocacy campaigns on collective humanitarian and development priorities.

Prior to her work with NGOs, Abbott spent over a decade as a journalist. During her seven-year tenure at CNN, she interviewed hundreds of newsmakers and covered breaking news around the country, including the 2000 presidential election and the immediate aftermath of September 11. Abbott’s career has also included time on Capitol Hill, in U.S. presidential politics and as an envoy and translator for the Centennial Olympic Games.

She has been a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the recipient of numerous fellowships in journalism and international affairs. She earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University and studied French media at the Ecole Francaise des Attaches de Presse in Paris.

Posted by: on September 26, 2014